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Webster 1913 Edition


research

re-search′

,
Verb.
T.
[Pref.
re-
+
search
: cf. OF.
recerchier
, F.
rechercher
.]
To search or examine with continued care; to seek diligently.

Webster 1828 Edition


Research

RESEARCH

,
Noun.
reserch'. Diligent inquiry or examination in seeking facts or principles; laborious or continued search after truth; as researches of human wisdom.

RESEARCH

,
Verb.
T.
reserch'.
1.
To search or examine with continued care; to seek diligently for the truth.
It is not easy to research with due distinction, in the actions of eminent personages, both how much may have been blemished by the envy of others, and what was corrupted by their own felicity. [Unusual.]
2.
To search again; to examine anew.

Definition 2022


research

research

See also: re-search

English

Noun

research (countable and uncountable, plural researches)

  1. (uncountable) Diligent inquiry or examination to seek or revise facts, principles, theories, applications, etc.; laborious or continued search after truth.
    • 2012 January 1, Philip E. Mirowski, “Harms to Health from the Pursuit of Profits”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 1, page 87:
      In an era when political leaders promise deliverance from decline through America’s purported preeminence in scientific research, the news that science is in deep trouble in the United States has been as unwelcome as a diagnosis of leukemia following the loss of health insurance.
  2. (countable) A particular instance or piece of research.
    • Macaulay
      The dearest interests of parties have frequently been staked on the results of the researches of antiquaries.
    • 1747, The Scots magazine (volume 9, page 567)
      The first step I took in this so necessary a research, was to examine the motives, the justice, the necessity and expediency of the revolution []

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Verb

research (third-person singular simple present researches, present participle researching, simple past and past participle researched)

  1. (transitive) To search or examine with continued care; to seek diligently.
  2. (intransitive) To make an extensive investigation into.
  3. (transitive) To search again.

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References

  • research” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
  • research” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • "research" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.

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Etymology

From English research, from early Modern French rechercher (to examine closely), from Old French recerchier (to seek, to look for). Forms a doublet with Dutch recherche, which is a direct borrowing from French.

Noun

research f (uncountable, diminutive researchje n)

  1. research

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The plural is very rare or non-existent.

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